CENTRAL MOUNTAINS FISHING REPORT

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June 24th, 2009

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE— Campground area is open.  Fishing was fair-good on powerbait and worms.

CATARACT LAKE — Campgrounds are open.  According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.

CITY RESERVOIR—   Road is open.

DOGTOWN LAKE —. Campground area is open.

JD DAM — Road is open.

RUSSEL TANK –   Has been stocked.

SANTA FE — Lake is full.  According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.

WHITEHORSE LAKE — No report from anglers.  Campgrounds are open.  Scheduled to be stocked this week.


FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY — Has been stocked.  Stocking for the year is done.  Fly fishermen were catching large numbers of trout in the evenings on large dark colored surface flys. The lake level and size is dwindling rapidly and it will not be viable for anglers much longer.

UPPER LAKE MARY The lake is full. Fishing is fair for northern pike, but some large ones up to 20 pounds have been harvested here this spring. It is also possible to cach walleye, crappie and catfish here.  

Hey Rory, Upper Lake Mary is on Fire
6/6/2009 From a boat Mike and I got an early start in an attempt to beat the wind advisory forecast for the area.  Morning on the water is a special time. Everything worked in our favor as the first of many voracious Pike were caught and released. One highpoint of the day came when a super-sized Northern crushed a silver and black floating Rapala stick bait cast to shore. The Pike hit the lure with such vigor that I guessed the fish would have attacked nearly any lure thrown near it. This fish was bigger and stronger than any other I have landed so far this year. The fight was on. The Northern ripped off line in  powerful runs revealing surprising speed. My tackle was up to the battle and the big fish tired surrendering to the net. The Pike at first glance looked as long as a yardstick and surely weighed 10 pounds or more. No question, this was the nicest Northern so far this season. We snapped a few pics and had her back in the water in just a few short minutes.   The successful boating of the Pike epitomizes what has become an amazing season at Upper Lake Mary. Quantity and quality are possible at this fishery. Lots of fellow fishermen took advantage of the  “free fishing day” despite the wind and cool temps — Jeff Bierer

Robert Bonnewell: 05-25-09 — Fished from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Caught 15 northern pike all on silver spinners.  Caught one nice 6.2 pounder.  Big ones are starting to bite.

Mike Bright: My dad Gary, son Levi, daughter Ella and me were fishing Upper Lake Mary at dusk on May 15 and the morning of May 16 by the dam from shore.  We caught 1 largemouth bass, 4 Yellow Perch, 1 crappie, and 6 Northern Pike.  We used silver KastMasters for the Pike and worms with bobbers for the other fish. It was the best fishing I have had at that Lake and a beautiful mini trip out of the valley of heat.

Where: Upper Lake Mary
When: 05/25/09
Caught:one small northern
Technique: Rapala jerkbait
Comments:people were catching them on just about everything here just had to find the right spot I guess
Name: Andrew Althaus

Dennis Stuhr: Fished from 1600 until dark again for Northerns 5/08/09. Caught a dozen little Northerns & 1 small Perch.  Largest Northern was 17″ long. An Osprey had pretty good luck plucking fish at the shore line. Did not see anybody else catch a single fish except for the Osprey.

ASHURST LAKE — The lake is full. Fishing was fair for trout on worms fished below a bobber. Stocked last week. There are also some large pike in this lake that provide trout anglers an occasional surprise.

FRANCIS SHORT POND – Fishing was fair on hotdogs for catfish and worms or salmon eggs for trout.     Stocked with trout and catfish.

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Road is open.  A 2lb brown trout was caught on a worm recently.

MARSHALL LAKE There is very little open water left, but it may be possible to still catch some trout on fly fishing gear.

OAK CREEK — Fishing is good for rainbows fair for brown trout.   There are a large number of cicadas emerging around the creek.  Fly anglers using cicada patterns are doing well and anglers catching live cicadas for bait are catching brown trout.  Scheduled to be stocked this week.

LONG LAKE — Lake is open.  Water level is good. Has been stocked.

SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX — Lakes are open. No report.

BEAVER CREEK —   No report. Has not been stocked recently.

WEST CLEAR CREEK —   No report. Has not been stocked recently.

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

BLUE RIDGE —  The lake has been stocked.  Anglers reported catching a few fish on lures and cowbells.

KNOLL LAKE — Stocked last week with rainbows and fishing was very good during the weekend; mostly stockers were caught, although this lake does have some larger holdover trout. It is electric trolling motor only if you have a boat. A nesting pair of osprey rountinely put on fish catching demonstrations.

Verde Valley

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Catfish were stocked June 10; 1,000 pounds were split evenly between the two lagoons.  Fishing picked up immediately following the stocking.  Fishing in general has been okay.   Bass and Bluegill are moving around. Most of the bluegill are small, but still fun for kids to catch.  Bass are biting on spinner baits.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) –The catfish bite has been pretty good.  Look for catfish in eddy areas of large pools.  Bass should be biting as well.

Prescott Area

FAIN LAKE — Trout were stocked last week, the week of June 15.  This was the final trout stocking for the summer. Trout fishing is best immediately following the stocking.  For trout try using spinners or bright colored Power Bait. Catfish (500lbs) and bluegill (100 lbs) were stocked on June 15.  An additional 200 pounds of bluegill are scheduled to be stocked again this week, the week of June 20.   Look for the fishing to be really good following all of these stockings.  For trout try using spinners or bright colored Power Bait.  Bluegill bite weel on worms or meal worms.  Catfish should bite on night crawlers or anchovies.
GOLDWATER LAKE — Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week, the week of June 22.  Power Bait usually works well for trout.  If that does not work, you may want to try using KastMasters.  Look for the trout to be most active in the early morning and late afternoon, but they can be caught all day. Trout are scheduled to be stocked again the week of July13.

Bass were stocked in Goldwater on June 10.  Both bass and catfish will be stocked this week, the week of June 22.  The bass are being stocked to give a boost to a dwindling population in the lake and to reduce the excessive number of crayfish.  Please practice catch-and-release with the bass, while the population gets re-established.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater on Sept. 16, 2008 and found the trout and sunfish plentiful. While the number of catfish was low, the quality was exceptional. One 19lbs and a 14lbs catfish was sampled and released. No bass were sampled this year. If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.govso I can share your successes with others.

Granite Basin –Bluegill and bass are plentiful in this lake.  The aquatic vegetation has not been bad this year making fishing this lake easier than normal. The bluegill have been biting well, but most are small.  Some anglers have reported catching limited numbers of bluegill that were close to a ½ pound.  Bass are also biting, but not as good as the bluegill.  If you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.govso I can share your successes with others.
LYNX LAKE — Rainbow trout were last stocked the week of June 15th. This is the last scheduled trout stocking for the year.  Five hundred pounds of catfish were stocked on June 10th.  Between the trout and the catfish, fishing success should be high for a while.  One thousand six hundred brook trout were stocked on May 11th.  The brookies were about 3 to the pound.  Have not heard if people are catching those brook trout.  If you are not having success fishing in one spot, then try walking the shore and throwing a small spinner.  Fishing for trout is best following the stockings.  The bite drops off within a week, but they can still be caught if you work at it.    Don’t be afraid to try different spots in the lake.
MINGUS LAKE – Trout were stocked last week, the week of June 15.  This is the last scheduled stocking for the summer.  The best bait is usually orange, pink, or white Power Bait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker.  Anglers often have success with flies and spinners as well.  The fishing picked up immediately following the stocking.

Someone illegally stocked yellow bullhead into Mingus several years ago.  These fish compete directly with the trout and keep growth rates very low.  If you witness anyone, anywhere, moving fish like bass, bluegill, catfish and stocking them, please report it to our Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700.  Illegal stockings cost YOU money!

WATSON – The fishing at Watson should be pretty good by now.  Bass and catfish should be active.    Crappies are found in low numbers. Bullheads are easily caught using a small piece of worm.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Watson last fall and found the bass,  sunfish, and bullhead to be plentiful.  Crappies were also doing well.  Look for the crappie fishing to pick up in a year or two. If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.govso I can share your successes with others.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR – Some anglers are reporting catching a few nice bass on spinner baits.  Bass, bluegill, and bullhead are plentiful.  Most of the bluegills are on the small side, but the bullheads are thick.  If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.govso I can share your successes with others.

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